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How Tennesseans will vote on proposed amendments to the state constitution remain uncertain, but Republican incumbents Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander hold substantial leads over their challengers, according to a statewide poll by MTSU. Amendment 3, which would constitutionally ban a state income tax, drew the support of 30 registered voters, according …

The fifth suspect in the attempted murder of Darryl Rouse Wednesday turned himself in to police this morning, according to a release by the Murfreesboro Police Department. Kourtland Johnson, 18, of Castle St., was arrested on charges of criminal conspiracy, especially aggravated robbery, and attempted first-degree murder. He is being held at Rutherford County Jail …

Today is the last day of early voting for state mid-term elections for governor, state and U.S. legislators, and four measures that would amend Tennessee’s constitution. Voting “Yes” on Amendment 4 would place the following words into Article XI, Section 5 of the Constitution: “All other forms of lottery not authorized heron are expressly prohibited …

(AP) — Early voting for the Nov. 4 election comes to a close Thursday amid light turnout for races including the U.S. Senate, governor and four proposed constitutional amendments. According to data collected by the Secretary of State’s Office, voting through the first 12 days of early voting this year has been down by nearly 104,000 ballots, or 19 percent, compared with 2010. …

(AP) – More than a thousand evangelical pastors and others – gathered for a three-day conference to steel the resolve of Christians who preach that gay relationships are sinful – were asked a simple question: How many live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage? Hands rose all across the convention hall. “This moral revolution …

Four men have been charged in connection with a shooting at the corner of East Lokey Ave. and Christy Court near downtown Murfreesboro yesterday afternoon, according to a release from the Murfreesboro Police Department. Detective Larry Maples obtained warrants for four men, and a fifth suspect is still at large. Walshaunde Vaughter, 18, of Kerr …